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What:  To document, analyze and promote effective governance models, processes and tools to deliver sustainable urban development in line with current global trends. The Hub will create an evidence base of practical knowledge and expertise involved in researching and delivering urban governance, alongside evaluation of such practices, to enable impact on education and policy, and enable others to deliver promising practice. The Hub has the aim to deliver more inclusive, participatory and effective governance, particularly in relation to the three macro trends of: planning and design for urbanization; the near ubiquity of mobile and other information and communication technologies in developing countries; and the demographic reality of youth being the preponderance of urban populations in most/all developing countries. It focuses on documentation, analysis, and promotion of promising practices regarding sustainable urban governance.

Why:  Often the elements that deliver urban governance are intertwined within various government departments and are difficult to access and make known. This Hub will allow a collective resource to be developed and shared through the network. As the principals of promising practice of governance are often challenging to relay, the collective resource will allow practice to be shared with universities and open up opportunities for methods to be analyzed and improved through academic study that is linked to the realities of urban environments, and subsequently make a useful contribution to practices and policies that improve the life in urban places. The Hub raises awareness for promising practices and engage academia and governments in supporting their further spread, development and application.

Who:  This Hub will provide a forum for local and central government functionaries and associations, academics and professionals to connect and share their practice and polices of effective urban governance, and by doing so, create a resource that can be promoted to influence the practice of others.  The initial proposal is for 15 regional university-government representatives to be part of the core group. The Hub will be closely connected with other UNI thematic Hubs, other UN-Habitat programmes, key local government contacts, and ensure collaboration with civil society, national government, NGO’s, youth organisations, and the private sector (including telecoms). For a list of proposed partnerships and connected projects, see concept note below.

How:  The Hub serves as a platform for recording information, exchanging knowledge and enabling promising practice.The first phase of this will happen through the online UNI portal.  A template to record promising practice will be available and sent to interested parties. The case study template along with the evaluation will form the basis of the online resource library. Following this, an online discussion will be held, with invited specialists asked to participate and discuss the initial case studies and evaluations. This program will be repeated several times in order to build up the resource. Each time it is repeated, an online discussion forum will be held to disseminate findings of the case studies and evaluations, to help direct the agenda of the subsequent research.

See the full concept note here